Moving onto Week 7 of the 2023 season, and we are going to give you some DraftKings bargain bin plays for the week. These are plays that are on the ultra-value/ GPP contrarian side. So generally avoid these plays in cash game lineups, but in GPPs- especially big fields go for it!
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Desmond Ridder @TB ($5,200)
Ridder made this column last week based on his somewhat surprising level of involvement in the ever improving Washington Commanders offense, most notably the 35 passing attempts he is averaging per game on a team that is fully committed to the run. The sophomore QB out of Cincinnati attempted a season high 47 passes last time out at home to the Commanders, completing 28 of those for 307 yards and 2 TDs. Unfortunately for fantasy managers, Ridder did sling 3 interceptions in the game, but his increasing rapport with Drake London and Kyle Pitts is encouraging. The Falcons now travel to a Bucs team who allowed Jared Goff to put up 353 yards and 2 scores against them in week 6. Ridder should be a safe bet for another 20+ point performance, an ideal return on his $5200 price tag.
Tyrod Taylor v WAS ($5,100)
Daniel Jones has returned to Giants practise, but is yet to be cleared for contact, so the signs all point to him sitting out the divisional clash against Washington at the weekend, clearing the way for Tyrod Taylor to get his second consecutive start for the G-Men. Looking at the 34-year old veteran’s fantasy points from last week in a vacuum doesn’t paint a favourable picture, but Taylor was a lot more efficient than his scoring suggests. Taylor threw for exactly 200 yards with no interceptions, and added a further 24 yards on the ground, proving he still has good leg speed, living up to his moniker of T-Mobile…all that was missing was the touchdowns. Through 6 weeks, only the Chargers are giving up more fantasy points to opposing QBs than the Commanders; combine that with Taylor’s elusiveness on the ground and there’s upside there this week for the Giant’s number 2.
Kenny Pickett @LAR ($5,000)
It hasn’t been the easiest of starts for Pickett and the Steelers; they have faced some formidable defenses in their opening handful of games including San Francisco, Cleveland and divisional rivals Baltimore. On top of this they lost star WR Diontae Johnson to the IR after sustaining a hamstring injury in their opening game against the 49ers, and have been without 3rd-year TE Pat Freiermuth for the best part of 2 games with a similar injury. Despite the setbacks, the Black and Gold are 3-2, still sit 2nd in the AFC North through their bye, and now get to travel to the City of Angels to take on the 3-3 Rams. Both Freiermuth and Johnson have returned to full practice, the latter still awaiting official activation from injured reserve, but is likely to suit up. Pickett’s chances of fantasy relevance are greatly increased with a full arsenal of weapons at his disposal for the first time since week 1 – he’s a bargain on this slate at only $5000.